National award joy for retired teacher Colin

Dr Colin Russell, who was awarded the British Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society's distinguished service award.
Dr Colin Russell, who was awarded the British Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society's distinguished service award.

A retired teacher from the Borders has been rewarded for his lifelong contribution to education leadership and policy.

Walkerburn’s Colin Russell has been given the British Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society’s distinguished service award.

The 70-year-old was presented with that prize at the society’s 2018 annual conference, held in Windsor, Berkshire.

Dr Russell, chairman of the organisation from 2011 to 2013, told us: “It’s really quite humbling to receive this award.

“When you reflect on who the previous holders were – such as Tony Bush and Ron Blatter – you realise how significant it actually is.”

Dr Russell started his career at Stirches Primary School in Hawick and was a headteacher at various Borders and Lothians schools, including Burnmouth and Swinton primaries, before retiring from Dean Park Primary School in Balerno, Edinburgh in 2013.